5 early season trade targets for the St. Louis Cardinals

Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals catches a fly ball hit by the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on May 2, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)
Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals catches a fly ball hit by the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on May 2, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals are a month into the 2022 season and team needs are beginning to shake out. Who are some players they may want to trade for?

The St. Louis Cardinals are into the month of May and are looking to contend all year long in a heavily contested National League. The Mets, Brewers, Dodgers and Padres have all gotten off to hot starts, and teams like the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Rockies, and Marlins are looking to make some noise as well.

St. Louis looks to be one of the top clubs in the National League thus far, but there are already a few weaknesses popping up on the ballclub that will need patched up as the year goes on. Some of these needs, such as DH and shortstop, likely will be filled by internal solutions, but injuries and regression from players could turn the Cardinals front office to the trade market.

Clubs are not usually active on the trade market in the month of May, but it is never too early to game plan potential deals that could happen now, or closer to the trade deadline. Along with the needs at shortstop and DH, the Cardinals could look at added another starter to the rotation, left handed option in the bullpen, or even another catcher should something happen to Yadier Molina or Andrew Knizner.

Here are five different trade options the Cardinals could look to pursue as the season goes on.

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